Bronze for Ireland at 640kilo
The 640kilo competition got underway this afternoon with nine countries taking part. The Irish team was made-up of a combination of Bremore and Clonmany men. Once again, England pulled very strongly in this competition finishing top with maximum points. Scotland were second on 21 points with Ireland pulling well to finish third on 18 points.
The Netherlands took the other semi final place. England continued their domination with a straight end victory over the Netherlands to qualify for the final. Scotland proved too strong for the Irish in the second semi final which meant that Ireland would face the Dutch for the bronze medal. Ireland pulled strongly winning the first end in a time of 2 min 45 sec. They added the second end in comfortable fashion to win a well deserved bronze medal. The final between England and Scotland was a closer contest. The English team represented by Sheen Farmers pulled their way to Gold with a superb straight end victory over a Scotland team who have dominated this weight over recent championships.
The closed championships got underway this morning with the men’s 560kilo competition. The crowd has increased and the atmosphere was electric for this very entertaining competition. Ten countries took part in the competition which was run in one section. England pulled very well to top the group with 25 points. Northern Ireland finished a close second but there was disappointment for Ireland as they could only manage fifth position loosing out on a semi final spot by four points. Scotland and the Netherlands made up the other semi final positions. England faced Scotland in the first semi final as Northern Ireland faced the Netherlands in the other. There was little between the teams with both contests going to a third end but it was England and Northern Ireland who emerged to face each other in the final. This was another excellent contest as Northern Ireland won the first end but England responded to take the contest into a deciding pull. After a number of no-pulls in the decider, it was Northern Ireland, represented by Richill from Co. Armagh who emerged victorious to retain the title they won two years ago. Scotland defeated the Netherlands to win the bronze medal.